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New hope for Pavilion as plans unveiled

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 22, 2013

By TINA CROWSON

The latest proposals for the flats and hotel proposed adjacent to Torquay Pavilion. Kay Elliott architects.

The latest proposals for the flats and hotel proposed adjacent to Torquay Pavilion. Kay Elliott architects.

THIS is how the new Pavilion holiday complex could look on Torquay seafront.

The latest images have been released by developers who are expecting to submit a planning application in the New Year for the restoration of the Pavilion, luxury hotel and residential apartment complex.

Dave Jobbins, director of planning and development of the Nicolas James Group which runs Harbour Hotels, told a Torquay Neighbourhood Plan meeting: "We believe we have a scheme which will enable the full restoration of the Pavilion, bringing it back into a viable use which is a very big tick, but would also create a vibrant harbour frontage, a major hotel which will be an asset to the town, 160 jobs and inject money into the local economy. The Pavilion is in a state of structural disrepair. It is leaking and there is a requirement to rebuild certain walls internally. Though the building is in relatively good condition it does need a lot of money spending on it."

Mr Jobbins said elements of the existing Pavilion extension building would be retained, including the double decks of the car park. The 65-bedroom hotel would be built on the Vaughan Parade end with the 45 residential apartments on the North Quay end. The building would rise on the North Quay end to a height similar to Harbour Point on the other side of the harbour.

On the ground floor of the hotel/flats building, which has to be raised because of rising sea levels, will be restaurants and cafes.

The plans have been seen by English Heritage and the local design review panel who are backing it.

Mr Jobbins emphasised that for the scheme to succeed it had to provide sufficient car parking not only for marina berth holders and apartment owners, but also hotel guests.

 
 

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